Mohs Surgery is a tissue-sparing cancer surgery technique. It is used by specially trained Dermatologists to limit the size of skin cancer scars.
This technique can be used anywhere on the body. The Dermatologist/Mohs Surgeon removes a small amount of the biopsy-confirmed skin cancer and looks at the tissue under the microscope. If all the malignant areas or border are removed there is no need for further excision, thereby limiting the size of the scar! Of course, if there is still evidence of cancer cells, the Mohs Surgeon will have to remove more tissue; however the scar size still remains small.
Mohs surgery is done in an office setting under local anesthesia. It can often be completed in several hours or less. This is especially important to those patients who are elderly or whose medical conditions prevent them from undergoing much needed surgery due to their not being able to undergo the risks of general anesthesia. Call now for your appointment to see if you are a candidate for this type of surgery for your skin cancer.